About Us

BJUArchitects is an award winning architectural firm who has been providing exceptional design services for more than 100 years. We are a practice that focuses on delivering thoughtful design with considerate and personal service. Our work aims to make a lasting contribution to the urban and natural context by challenging, provoking, and delighting. Our decades of service help us to understand the challenges of each project. Whether it be design, schedule, or budget, we enthusiastically face these challenges in pursuit of the best solutions.

BJUArchitects maintains the latest technology to assist each team member in developing beautiful, functional, and lasting architecture. We employ complex BIM (Building Information Modeling) modeling with sophisticated real-time 3D rendering software to analyze the proposed results before a brick is laid or a beam set. These capabilities increase the efficiency, accuracy, and economy of the team, and provide better control and monitoring of your project. We are confident that our team of knowledgeable, honest, and talented members will provide you with quality service.

The Team

We have an excellent reputation for providing architectural and engineering services utilizing innovative technology and creative design solutions.

Firm Leadership


Billy E. Upton, AIA, REFP

President – Principal-in-Charge


W. Fred Hughes, III, AIA, LEED AP

Director of Architecture


Teran K. Mitchell, AIA, NCARB, LEED Green Associate, c3p

Vice President – Lead Designer


A. Gordon Frantzich, CEM, CPQ, LEED AP

Director of Construction Administration


Benjamin E. Upton

Director of Finance

Culture and Values


We believe that integrity is vital to the well-being of every organization. The value that we place on integrity directly affects the relationships we build and the outcome of the decisions we make.


It may not be difficult to store up in the mind a vast quantity of facts within a comparatively short time, but the ability to form judgments requires the severe discipline of hard work and the tempering heat of experience and maturity.

Calvin Coolidge


Good buildings come from good people, and all problems are solved by good design.

Stephen Gardiner

Our Partners

Below are just a few of the many great partnerships that we have formed over the years.

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2015 VSBA Exhibition of School Architecture
People's Choice Award - Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Fairfax County Public Schools

2014 VSBA Exhibition of School Architecture
People's Choice Award - Essex High School, Essex County Public Schools

2014 VSBA Exhibition of School Architecture
Silver Design Award - Essex High School, Essex County Public Schools

2013 CEFPI Southeast Region
Honorable Mention for The Virginia School of the Deaf and Blind

2012 Outstanding Design
Warren County Middle School - American University and School

Warren County Middle School, Warren County, VA
Virginia School Board Association, Platinum Design Award for Renovation, November 2010

The United States Postal Service Excellence in Design
Powhatan VA Main Post Office and Richmond VA Bon Air Station, Powhatan County, VA


Teran K. Mitchell. chapter 4 "Structural Materials" of Introduction to Structures: Architect's Guidebooks to Structures
New York, Routledge, 2016